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Xanax & Zoloft

Jan 31, 2007

Starting Nov. 6, 2006 I was on Lexapro for about 15 days. On the 17th of Nov. 06 i found out i have HIV and was devistated. The side effects of the Lexapro were unbearable. My Dr. switched me to Cymbalta and that too didn't do anything for me. I went back to the Dr. and he wanted me to take 0.5mg to 1mg xanax 3 times a day. And he wanted me to start taking Zoloft. The Xanax works ok on occasion but im so afraid to take the Zoloft. Please give me some advice before its too late. On top of all of this i have had trouble sleeping and i have been on Temazapam and Ambien CR during all of this. Am i over medicated???

Response from Dr. Horwath

You need to tell your doctor all of the medications that you are taking. The combination of Xanax, temazepam and Ambien CR is over medication. Each of this medications is sedating and they are additive and potentially habit forming. So you need to simplify this regimen.

It's hard for me to say whether you need the Zoloft. I'm not sure why you were taking the Lexapro, which apparently caused significant side effects. But the real question is whether you really needed Lexapro then or need Zoloft now. I can't answer that with the information provided. It's best to discuss this with your doctor.

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